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Judge Post steps aside from case involving stern voicemail


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- An Ottawa County judge is stepping aside in the case of a defendant for whom he left a stern voicemail.

Defense attorney Josh Blanchard filed a formal complaint against Judge Kenneth Post, on behalf of Blanchard's client who failed to make a court appearance. The client, Phillip Mallery, was arrested for driving an unregistered moped and possessing heroin.

In the message, Judge Post talks about Mallery's failure to appear in court and how he missed a drug test. He then said this:

"My strong suggestion is that you, when you get this message you keep going, because if I find you it will not be pleasant."

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Teen arrested in bat assault near Holland middle school


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Ottawa County deputies have arrested a man after an assault involving pipes, bats, and possibly a gun.

It happened Tuesday outside the Traditions Apartments complex, near Macatawa Bay Middle School.

Investigators say several suspects smashed the windows of a car and began beating up the people inside.

When deputies arrived, several people took off but they caught Christian Lopez, 18. He is charged with "carrying a weapon with unlawful intent".

No one was seriously hurt and investigators think the crime was gang-related.

A serious crash involving an ambulance in Holland on Wednesday is raising questions about how alert drivers are to emergency vehicles.


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A serious crash involving an ambulance in Holland on Wednesday is raising questions about how alert drivers are to emergency vehicles.

Four people were taken to the hospital, including a patient in the ambulance, when it was struck by a pick-up truck at U.S. 31 and 32nd street.

WZZM is looking into the police investigation and the rules of the road.

At this point, it's not clear what exactly caused the accident and police have not officially determined whether the driver was at fault. However, the ambulance crash prompted WZZM 13 to look into the risks emergency responders face on the road, which includes distracted drivers. They say one of the biggest risks has become cell phone use.

Emergency calls by nature are unpredictable, but the goal for ambulance drivers is to avoid more surprises on the road.

Ambulance with patient rolls in Holland crash


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A crash Wednesday evening in Holland caused an AMR ambulance with a patient aboard to roll.

The crash happened shortly after 6 p.m. on 32nd St. near US-31.

The ambulance was transporting a patient in serious condition from Zeeland Twp. to Holland Hospital and had lights and sirens on. It was westbound on 32nd and approaching the intersection with US-31, when a pickup truck southbound on US-31 struck it.

The ambulance began yawing before flipping onto its side as it passed through the intersection.

The patient was then taken by another ambulance to the hospital. It's unknown at this point whether the accident further hurt the patient. The four medical personnel on the original ambulance were also taken by other ambulances to the hospital with injuries that were believed to be minor.

The pickup's driver, a Kalamazoo man, was not hurt.

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Pet missing after Holland house fire


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A lakeshore man is asking for help locating a pet who went missing during a house fire early Wednesday morning.

The fire began around 12:15 a.m. on Vander Veen Avenue, near the corner of North River and West Lakewood Boulevard.

Zach Rhoda was able to escape safely from the fire, which began on the back deck. Flames damaged the roof before firefighters were able to knock them down.

Firefighters rescued one cat, but another escaped through a screen and hasn't returned home as of Wednesday afternoon. Boomer is an all black, long-haired male. If you see him, contact Rhoda at zrhoda1123@gmail.com.

Search for man missing 26 years


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - Twenty-six years after Bobby Villarreal disappeared from his mother's home in Holland, the family has new hope they may finally find out what happened to him.

Cold-case investigators from the Michigan State Police are once again looking for leads.

Villarreal was 27 when he vanished on May 18, 1989. He was last seen sleeping on his mother's couch in Holland.

Relatives say he took no money or possessions.

He left behind a 3-year-old son.

What happened to him is a mystery that haunts his family.

"In 26 years, you imagine everything that could happen to somebody," said his sister, Linda Wood. "He never contacted anybody. We would like to know what happened to him."

Up to 500 gallons of diesel fuel spilled after accident


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- One lane of southbound U.S. 31 was shut down Tuesday morning while police cleaned up after a car versus semi-truck accident.

The two vehicles collided just after 7:30 a.m. at Ransom Street in Holland Township. The highway was shut down for about three hours.

After impact, up to 500 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled.

One person suffered minor injuries.